Dengue claims one more life in Pune

first_imgChandrika Ghosh, a resident of Balaji Nagar in Akurdi, died of dengue on Sunday. Ghosh, who was in her early twenties, was admitted to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital in Pimpri last Friday after she complained of severe body ache. She had high fever and recurrent bouts of nausea, said doctors. Ghosh tested positive for the NS 1 antigen and died at 3:30 a.m. The Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation has recorded 380 cases since January. More than 200 cases have been recorded in July alone with 90 testing positive for dengue. Pune claims a large share of the 470-odd cases of suspected dengue recorded across Maharashtra.Rain aids spread The incessant rain over the past three weeks has led to the spread of dengue, say health experts. Last week, a 32-year-old woman doctor who had just given birth died due to multi-organ failure following dengue fever in the city’s Sahyadri Hospital in Hadapsar. The case drew the attention of the State Health Department which accused the hospital of facilitating the breeding of dengue-transmitting Aedes mosquitoes on its premises. It directed PMC to take action against the hospital and rapped the civic authorities for poor health surveillance. On July 19, a 40-year-old man from Satara district who was undergoing treatment at a city hospital succumbed to a viral co-infection brought on by dengue and swine flu. In February, a minor died in the city’s Karve Nagar area. Notices issuedThe PMC has sent notices to 12 police stations in areas where rivulets of stagnant water have been spotted. The civic body has also issued notices to 11,000 public and private spaces and establishments.last_img read more

Indian workers stranded in Kuwait, no way to return | The Siasat Daily

first_imgThere are a lot of obstacles for Indian workers stranded in Kuwait to return to their country. Only one month has left for them to return to their country. Indian workers especially those belonging to Telangana who are trying to return to their country are being stopped at the airport for not paying the mobile bill. It is said that they cannot go out of Kuwait without paying mobile bill arrears. As the deadline for illegal workers to return to their country is nearing, Airlines fares are fast rising. It has been observed that the airfares have increased up to three times and a further hike is likely.Read it at Siasat Related Itemslast_img read more

End of the Third World

first_imgWith the rise of China, India and Brazil, it is time to drop the use of the term “Third World” to categorize developing countries, according to the head of the World Bank.Speaking at Washington’s Wilson Center, Robert Zoellick said: “For decades, students of security and international politics have debated the emergence of a multi polar system. Its time we recognize the new economic parallel. If 1989 saw the end of the Second World with Communisms demise, then 2009 saw the end of what was known as the Third World: We are now in a new, fast-evolving multi polar world economy — in which some developing countries are emerging as economic powers; others are moving towards becoming additional poles of growth; and some are struggling to attain their potential within this new system — where North and South, East and West, are now points on a compass, not economic destinies.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Ateneo stuns UST for first win

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “This win was really important because we could’ve been 0-3 and at the bottom, and now we’re at par with a lot of teams even UST,” said De Leon, who had 11 points for Ateneo.Skipper Maddie Madayag said the trust they put on each other finally showed amid UST’s relentless push.“I guess the trust we have with each other was there because if we don’t have it there’s really nowhere to go,” said Madayag who finished with nine points. “And I think their confidence is slowly starting to show especially when they receive UST’s hits.”Kat Tolentino and Jhoanna Maraguinot also had 11 points apiece for Ateneo while Samonte added 10.Rondina had 22 points to lead the Goden Tigresses while Alessandrini and Tin Francisco combined for 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ateneo tacked its first win after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles improved to 1-2 to sport the same record as UST, which lost its libero Rica Rivera to a knee injury in the first set.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: UST libero Rivera suffers knee injury vs AteneoAfter trailing, 16-12, in the fourth set, the Lady Eagles battled back and took a 21-18 edge after Jules Samonte threaded the needle through UST’s blockade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCherry Rondina tried to keep UST alive with a booming kill that cut Ateneo’s lead to 24-22 and a triple block on Bea De Leon trimmed it further to 24-23.De Leon, however, finished off UST with her next kill bouncing off the defense of UST rookie Milena Alessandrini. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belangel stars as Ateneo completes UAAP juniors sweeplast_img read more

Papi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES With Sarr rendered helpless on the bench in street clothes, Ateneo took full advantage, giving more touches to its big man Chi Ikeh.Ikeh pounced on the Falcons’ depleted frontline, coming away with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He already had a double-double as early as halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, three more than the entire Adamson team.“Ikeh just dominated us. We had a hard time containing him,” said Pumaren, whose squad was outrebounded, 60-35.Pumaren admitted not having Sarr around was tough, but it’s still not an excuse as to how the Falcons poorly performed and got badly beaten.“I’m one coach who won’t dwell on that. I’ve been coaching for the longest time and you won’t hear from me saying, ‘If this player was here.’ That’s part of my job to make the most out of my remaining 15 players.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sarr missed the much-anticipated duel between preseason favorites due to a groin injury and it’s still uncertain when he would return.“I want to play next game but everything will depend on the doctor if he will give me the clearance to play,” Sarr told STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said his Cameroonian import is still day-to-day.“We always prepare for the worst scenario. If he’s there, that’s a bonus, if not then, the other players must step up,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no surprise that Papi Sarr’s absence was a big blow to Adamson in its opening day loss to Ateneo on Saturday.Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Chitrangada to make a biopic on disabled swimmer?

first_imgMumbai, Aug 26 (PTI) Chitrangada Singh, who turned producer with “Soorma”, is all set to back yet another inspiring story of a sports personality.Through “Soorma”, she brought the heartwarming story of hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team, Sandeep Singh, who was accidentally hit by a gun shot in a train in 2006, on the big screen.According to sources, Chitrangada, 41, is exploring a film based on the life of a disabled swimmer.”She is intrigued by the a story of disabled sports lady who has done so much for the country. She is a swimmer who hails from the South. We are in talks. Biopics do take time as you have to take permission and all” a source close to the development told PTI.Talking about the trend of biopics, Chitrangada had earlier told PTI, “I am totally in favour of biopics. True stories must be told to the people. If you tell it well, it does work.”She was last seen in Sanjay Dutt starrer “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3”.Her next release is “Bazaar” that features Saif Ali Khan in the lead. The film, directed by Gaurav Chawla, is about the world of stock markets and trading and Saif plays a street smart Gujarati businessman. PTI KKP JUR RBRBlast_img read more

I love troubling opposition batsmen: Rishabh Pant on his sledging tactics

first_imgIndia defeated Australia by a 31 runs in the 1st Test of the four-match series on Saturday, to register only their sixth Test win on Australian soil. Interestingly, this is the first time India have won the first Test match of a series in Australia.Chasing a massive 323, Australia’s lower middle order gave a tough fight in their second innings against an inspired Indian bowling attack before being eventually bundled out for 291 just before tea on the final day.For the tourists, pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three wickets apiece while veteran Ishant Sharma also took a wicket.After the match, Pant said that he was getting really nevous in the closing stages of the match.”It was really nervous as they were coming close, but we did well,” Pant told the media.Pant had sledged Australia’s Pat Cummins during the last day’s pay at the Adelaide Oval. During the 76th over of Australia’s 323-run chase, Pant tried to get under the skin of Cummins who played out a maiden over against R Ashwin, who was getting the old cherry to turn dangerously off the rough.As Cummins tried to block everything that came his way, Pant chirped: “Let’s see some sixes, come on Patty”, “Not going for the shots Patty?. He also pointed out that the fast bowler had missed out on an opportunity to put a loose ball from the off-spinner away.As it turned out, the commentators went quiet during the eventful over and the broadcasters only played the audio from the stump mic.advertisementWhen asked about why he was saying what he was, Pant clarified that he enjoyed troubling the batsmen.”I always enjoy troubling batsmen,” Pant said.”I love it when they concentrate on me and not on the bowlers,” he added.Pant also had a record-setting day as he equalled the world record of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers for the most number of catches in Test by a wicketkeeper.With 11 catches in the ongoing Adelaide Test, Pant, who was very chirpy behind the wickets, went past Wriddhiman Saha’s Indian record of 10 catches in a match. The 21-year-old had an opportunity to break the world record during the second session of the final day’s play but he dropped a catch that gave tail-ender Nathan Lyon a reprieve.”I’m very happy to contribute to the team, first time getting to this milestone,” he said after the record.Also Read | India learnt their lessons after foolish cricket on Day 1: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India thoroughly deserved to win, we did not take our chances: Tim PaineAlso Read | Virat Kohli sets sights on series triumph after historic Adelaide victorylast_img read more

Jackhammer wire helps crack open fully blocked coronary arteries researchers

first_imgTORONTO – In what’s being touted as a world first, Montreal researchers have been able to bust open coronary arteries completely blocked with calcium deposits using an innovative device that produces a “jackhammer” effect.Doctors at the McGill University Health Centre are testing the SoundBite Active Wire in a small group of patients who have “chronic total occlusion” of one of their coronary arteries, which severely restricts blood flow to the heart.Principal researcher Dr. Stephane Rinfret, chief of interventional cardiology at MUHC, said Wednesday the condition affects about 20 per cent of people with coronary atherosclerosis, often called hardening of the arteries.Interventional cardiologists typically treat arteries with varying degrees of plaque buildup using angioplasty — a procedure in which a fine guide wire and catheter are fed into the blood vessel and a tiny balloon is inflated to widen the opening. A stent is usually inserted to keep the vessel clear and blood flowing freely.But with chronic total occlusion, or CTO, safely breaching a wall of rock-like calcium with a traditional guide wire is a highly complex, time-consuming procedure, which many interventional cardiologists are reluctant to perform because it can have a poor success rate, said Rinfret, who specializes in complex angioplasties.Between 10 and 50 per cent of all CTO angioplasties are unsuccessful, primarily because ordinary wires can’t break through the wall of calcium, he said.The SoundBite guide wire, developed by a Quebec company named SoundBite Medical Solutions, provides a new twist that could help increase success rates.The wire is connected to a shock wave generator, which causes it to vibrate like a jackhammer inside the artery, allowing it to create cracks in the calcium blockage while leaving the walls of the blood vessel unharmed.“This wire could mean the difference between the success and failure of a CTO angioplasty because it will be able to break through areas where other guides fail to penetrate,” said Rinfret. “It will clear the way and allow us to treat the diseased artery.”Animal studies have shown the device doesn’t pulverize the calcium blockage to create debris — which could lead to heart attack-causing clots — but opens up tiny fissures that allow a second guide wire and balloon catheter to pass through.“We’re going to use it as a point-and-shoot,” he said, noting that another version of the guide wire was used for the first time in 2016 to clear blockages in leg arteries.MUHC researchers performed the first CTO angioplasty using the SoundBite wire in June and have since done two more. They plan to do 10 in total as part of a preliminary study, along with another 10 that will be performed by colleagues at Columbia University in New York.That study will be expanded to include 150 patients at several more centres in Canada and the U.S., with the aim of demonstrating that the device is safe and effective.The goal is to have the SoundBite approved for widespread use by regulatory agencies like Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said Rinfret. An estimated 300,000 people in North America could benefit from the technology.“The problem is there are too few patients who have access to chronic total occlusion angioplasty” because relatively few interventional cardiologists feel confident tackling the complicated procedure, he said.“What we need is to make sure pretty much everyone is more comfortable in attempting those vessels … so more patients have access that really changes their life and quality of life.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Bell Medias Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Script Development Support for 33 Canadian

first_img 1 COMMENT Log in to leave a comment […] those of you who read the Harold Greenberg Fund Announcement on our site today – you would have spotted Trey Anthony and Carys Lewis’s names on that […] Advertisement As the Canadian film and television community gathers for the Canada Media Production Association’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference, Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund today announced its support for 33 Canadian film projects through the Fund’s Script Development Program. The slate includes films in all stages of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to final drafts, and polish and packaging.Highlights include: Stockholm, the next feature film from Born to Be Blue director Robert Budreau, starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, based on the real events behind the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”; The Resource, from the writer/producer team behind Mean Dreams, which was recently screened as part of Movie Nights Across Canada, a national screening event launched by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation; sophomore features from Rhymes for Young Ghouls director Jeff Barnaby (Blood Quantum), and Bang Bang Baby director Jeffrey St Jules (Panther!); a dramatic feature version of The Skyjacker’s Tale, based on the Jamie Kastner-directed documentary, currently in theatrical release; and the next film from Canadian iconoclast Guy Maddin, Fur Country. Supported projects – Script Development Program Polish and PackagingStockholmBankdrama Film Ltd.Screenwriter: Robert BudreauDirector: Robert Budreau.The Giant Little Oneseuclid431 pictures inc.Screenwriter: Keith BehrmanDirector: Keith Behrman.Blood QuantumProspector FilmsScreenwriter: Jeff BarnabyDirector: Jeff Barnaby.Panther!Shaftesbury Development Inc.Screenwriters: Jeffrey St Jules & Colin AussantDirector: Jeffrey St Jules.The Swearing JarMonkeys & ParrotsScreenwriter: Kate HewlettDirector: Lara Azzopardi.Three to Get ReadyRESONANCE FILMS INC./Darius FilmsScreenwriter: Jason FiliatraultDirector: Robert Cuffley.Sugar DaddyViolator Films Inc., Clique PicturesScreenwriter: Kelly McCormackDirector: Wendy Morgan.The Road BehindFirst Nation Films LTD.Screenwriter: Derek VermillionDirector: Kelton Stepanowich.Into Invisible LightFrantic Manitoba Productions Inc./Studio Feather Inc.Screenwriters: Shelagh Carter, Jennifer DaleDirector: Shelagh Carter.Second to Final DraftAquaricaItem 7Screenwriter: Martin Villeneuve.CalorieCompass Productions incScreenwriter: Eisha Marjara.Hyde’n’ZeekCarpeDiem Film & TV Inc.Screenwriter: Michael Donovan.Little KingsInflo Films Inc.Screenwriter: Dusty Mancinelli.I Believe in YouProspector FilmsScreenwriter: Lanan Adcock.James vs His Future SelfNeophyte Productions Inc.Screenwriters: Jeremy LaLonde, Jonas Chernick.First to Second DraftAtroposMiddle Child Films Inc.Screenwriter: Chris Gamble.Fur CountryWalking Down Broadway Ltd.Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson.HeartfieldSienna Films Inc.Screenwriter: Ian Iqbal Rashid.Kicking BloodNew Real Films Inc.Screenwriter: Blaine Thurier.The Beekeeper’s DaughterScreenwriter: Patrick Holden.The Long FridaySix Islands Productions Inc.Screenwriter: Jane Meikle.The ResourceWoods Entertainment Canada Inc.Screenwriters: Kevin Coughlin, Ryan Grassby.The Skyjacker’s TaleCave 7 ProductionsScreenwriter: Jamie Kastner.UmpyGallery Street Productions Inc. (Division of Forte Entertainment)Screenwriters: Eric Toth and Pat Thornton.Waiting For ColumbusAngel Entertainment Corp.Screenwriter: Rob King.Down LowViddywell Films Inc.Screenwriter: Kaveh Mohebbi.Story OptioningUs ConductorsFluent Films Inc.Author: Sean MichaelsScreenwriter: Sean Michaels.Extinction ClubLumanity Productions Inc.Author: Jeffrey MooreScreenwriters: Grayson Moore, Robert Budreau.Women of the KlondikeSnitch Pictures Inc.Author: Frances BackhouseScreenwriter: Kate Melville.Spanish FlyDarius Films Inc.Author: Will FergusonScreenwriter: Will Ferguson.How Black Mother’s Say I Love YouConquering Lion PicturesAuthor: Trey AnthonyScreenwriters: Trey Anthony, Carys Lewis.DeafeningIndie EightAuthor: Frances ItaniScreenwriter: Franca Visconti.419Sarrazin Productions Inc.Author: Will FergusonScreenwriter: Suzette Couture CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY ANTHONY & CARYS LEWIS!!! | eBOSS Canada Mar-15-17 at 5:09 amcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Morocco Busts Terrorist Cell Involved in Recruiting Fighters for ISIS

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), an offshoot of Morocco’s domestic intelligence agency (DGST), dismantled, on Thursday, an eight-member terrorist cell involved in recruiting and sending Moroccan fighters to the ranks of the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),  the Interior Ministry said.The terrorist cell was operating in the cities of Casablanca, Tangier, Salé, Jorf Al Melha and Kelaat Sraghna, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.The members of the dismantled cell were involved in sending dozens of Moroccan fighters to the Middle East through their agents in Turkey via the Turkish-Syrian borders, the same source said. The arrested individuals showed loyalty to the IS expansionist strategy which aims at attracting Moroccan fighters who will later return to Morocco to perpetrate targeted terrorist attacks undermining security and stability, the statement said.The suspects will be brought before justice upon completion of investigations under the supervision of the general prosecutor, concluded the statement. read more

Ban Kimoon urges countries to enhance sharing of data on small arms

These weapons are “cheap, light and easy to handle, transport and conceal,” Mr. Ban wrote in his first-ever report on the topic.“While a build-up of small arms alone may not create the conflicts in which they are used, their excessive accumulation and universal availability tends to aggravate conflicts by increasing the lethality and duration of violence and by increasing the sense of insecurity which leads to a greater demand for weapons.”The Secretary-General pointed out that currently most conflicts are fought using mainly small arms and light weapons, being widely used in inter-State conflicts as well as in civil wars, terrorism, organized crime and gang warfare.“Small arms facilitate a vast spectrum of human rights violations,” such as rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and forced recruitment of children by armed groups or forces, he said. “More human rights abuses are committed with them than with any other weapons.The lack of progress in curbing small arms is partially a result of limited data, coordination and capacity, Mr. Ban noted.“Without more transparency on the part of Governments, in particular in the field of trade in small arms and ammunition, it is difficult to assess where gaps exist in the national, regional and global implementation of international instruments,” he said, calling for stepped up research on the issue by States which are in a position to do so.The Secretary-General observed that coordination on the topic of small arms could also be improved within the UN, adding that reviving the Coordination Action on Small Arms (CASA) – established in 198 as a consultative mechanism – is one of this year’s top disarmament priorities.CASA will also begin creating international standards for controlling small arms, similar to the ones created for mine action and for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.The report recommended that the Security Council promote strengthened cooperation among its sanctions monitoring groups, peacekeeping missions, Member States and others. It also encouraged the Peacebuilding Commission, the Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict to boost their cooperation on the issue of children and small arms. 23 April 2008Member States need to increase their collection, maintenance and sharing of data on small arms as part of measures to encourage disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report made public today. read more

UN envoy meets Thai and Cambodian leaders over Preah Vihear heritage site

2 March 2011A special envoy of the United Nations agency tasked with preserving the world’s cultural heritage has concluded meetings with the leaders of Thailand and Cambodia to discuss the safeguarding of Preah Vihear, a Hindu temple inscribed on the World Heritage List that was damaged during border clashes between the two countries last month. A special envoy of the United Nations agency tasked with preserving the world’s cultural heritage has concluded meetings with the leaders of Thailand and Cambodia to discuss the safeguarding of Preah Vihear, a Hindu temple inscribed on the World Heritage List that was damaged during border clashes between the two countries last month.Koïchiro Matsuura, special envoy for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), travelled to Bangkok, the Thai capital, and Phnom Penh, the seat of Cambodia’s Government, from Sunday to Tuesday, at the request of Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director-General.In Bangkok, Mr. Matsuura met with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya, and National Resources and Environment Minister Siwit Khunkitti. He was also received by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.In Phnom Penh, Mr, Matsuura met with Prime Minister Hun Sen and Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, and was also received by King Norodom Sihamoni.In his discussions with the leaders and officials, Mr. Matsuura stressed the need to create conditions necessary for the safeguarding of the 11th century temple.Mr. Matsuura, a former UNESCO Director-General and Chair of the World Heritage Committee from 1998 to 1999, expressed the hope that the two countries will engage in dialogue that will lead to the establishment of long-term conservation arrangements.The temple was inscribed on the World Heritage List for its outstanding universal value, in keeping with the 1972 World Heritage Convention, which has been ratified by both Cambodia and Thailand. read more

Even in war there are rules – UN official urges Security Council

Briefing the 15-member Council for the second time in less than a month, Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, reminded delegates of their “strong demands” regarding the inviolability of Syrian civilians as enshrined in the Council’s resolution 2139 which, she observed, had gone “unheard.”“In many parts of Syria the level of violence has worsened, with civilians continuing to pay heavily with loss of life, serious injuries, psychological trauma, ongoing and recurring displacement and massive damage to property and infrastructure,” Ms. Amos explained.“We have run out of words to fully explain the brutality, violence and callous disregard for human life which is a hallmark of this crisis,” she continued. “The international community has become numb to its impact with the vast numbers, regional reach and sense of political impasse.”Council resolution 2139, from February 2014, demands that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, allow humanitarian access in Syria across conflict lines, in besieged areas and across borders. In addition, the resolution sought protection for civilians caught in the midst of the fighting and aimed to ensure that civilian facilities – such as hospitals and schools – remained untouched by the hostilities. Ms. Amos noted, however, that the resolution continued to be violated on all counts. While resolution 2139 called for an end to the indiscriminate use of weapons, Ms. Amos detailed how the Government continued to use barrel bombs; while the resolution demanded that all parties respect the principle of medical neutrality, she reported that hospitals across the country had been attacked and schools bombed from the air; while the Council condemned grave violations and abuses committed against children and women, sexual and gender based violence had increased since July and over 5.6 million children remained in need of immediate assistance. In addition, she said, reports of early and forced marriage were also on the rise. “This conflict is not only shattering Syria’s present,” warned Ms. Amos. “It is also destroying its future.” At the same time, the UN official lamented the constant use of siege warfare as numerous Syrian communities remained cut-off from basic assistance such as food and medicine. The use of siege, she said, had also become a cruel tactic, particularly when small amounts of aid were allowed into a beleaguered area “giving people hope, but so little it can only help a fraction of those in need.”“People’s hopes raised and then dashed,” she said. “Time and time again.”At the passing of resolution 2139 in February, there were 220,000 people besieged by either Government or opposition forces; of those, 212,000 remain besieged today – 185,000 people by Government forces and 26,500 people by opposition forces. Ms. Amos appealed to the international community to find a political end to the civil war “once and for all” and urged the Council to ramp up its efforts in ensuring that all parties involved in the Syrian conflict heed the body’s call and “comply with resolution 2139 in its entirety” because, as she explained, “even in war there are rules.” read more

Finally Healthy David Garrard Eyes The Jets

David Garrard, once an upstart quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars, worked out for the New York Jets last week and left feeling like that was the place for him.No longer hampered by a knee injury, Garrard said on XM Radio that he aced his audition and feels the Jets are an ideal place for him to restart his career. Never mind that Mark Sanchez is still on the roster.Garrard, 35, met with Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and he even encountered Sanchez.“It was a great workout,” Garrard said. “Every drill they had me do, I did great in. I felt like my old self again. They loved what they saw.”Because “they have a lot of issues with the (salary) cap,” Garrard said, the team did not offer him a contract. Yet.“They really couldn’t do anything at that time,” he said. “That’s kind of unfortunate because I don’t want to have to sit here without a job.”A source close to the situation told ESPN last week that the quarterback “anticipates putting a deal together” with the Jets once those cap issues are resolved. A source told ESPNNewYork on Sunday that the team has kept open the lines of communication with Garrard, but no deal is imminent.Garrard, from New Jersey, has not played in a regular season game since 2010.  He spent last offseason with the Miami Dolphins, but was sidelined by a knee injury and was not signed by any other team.“I don’t have anything to prove to myself. I know I can play,” he said. “I’m not ready to be done yet when I can get out there and move around. It’s unfortunate these last two years I’ve had these injuries that really weren’t football injuries, because I didn’t get hit and get hurt.”Garrard has thrown for 16,003 yards with 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions in 86 career games, mostly with the Jaguars.“I’m not ready to be done yet,” he said, adding, “I’m tired of sitting and watching on my couch.“I want to go out and win ballgames. I’ve been watching for the last few years unfortunately and I’ve been watching some not-so-good quarterback play out there and I know that I can still play and I can play at a high level,” he said. “I want to get back out on the field and show myself that I can stay healthy and help a ballclub, really.” read more

Cauliflower off the menu after hot July kills crop

“You’d have to rethink the whole dish of cauliflower cheese, broccoli is having issues too.”Courgettes and squashes are in abundance at the moment. A lot of my restaurants are changing their menus.”Head Chef Tom Brown from the restaurant Gauthier in Soho said that the supplier they use has put prices up by 50 per cent.He added: “We were going to put our usual tri-color cauliflower dish for autumn but we’ve decided not to because of price increases.”Other members of the brassica family are also in short supply, including broccoli, and it is feared that the Brussels sprouts plants may suffer before the Christmas harvest.Mr Mascarenhas added: “What we don’t know going forward is what will happen with things like Brussels sprouts for Christmas as the plants are still too young so we haven’t seen how the heat will affect them.” Those hunting for a bubbling dish of cauliflower cheese in a restaurant will be in for disappointment after the crop was killed off by the freak July weather, causing a shortage.Britain is usually self-sufficient for cauliflower, which has become fashionable in recent years, roasted whole as a plant-based Sunday dinner and whizzed up as an alternative to rice.As the country baked in temperatures, which hit a record 38.7 degrees, brassica plants were killed off. This means wholesale prices have been hiked from 60p-£3 in some cases, and restaurants have taken cauliflower off their menus entirely.Vernon Mascarenhas, a vegetable wholesaler from Nature’s Choice at New Covent Garden Market said: “Right now we have none.”Mr Mascarenhas,  who supplies many of London’s leading restaurants and hotels, including The Ledbury and Le Gavroche, added: “Cauliflowers suffered because of the freak weather we had a few weeks ago, the incredible heat, that basically just killed all the crops coming through.”The wholesale price of cauliflower was 60p, it’s now £3. We have none. That’s the wholesale price – it’s not even reached the shops yet.”There will be none in regular greengrocers, supermarkets are stocking tiny weeny ones.”Mr Mascarenhas said the vegetable is not featured on menus at the moment, explaining: “Most of my clients I have spoken to have taken them off. The trendy dish of cauliflower couscous is on hold at the moment, they are using other vegetables. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Asian Club League Draw took place in Doha

2Lakhwiya Club (QAT)7AhliSedab Club (OMA) No. asian cub league handballasian handballDoha handballQatar 2015 No 5Al-Kuwait Club (KUW)10Thamen Al-Hojaj (IRI) Al- Qurein Club (KUW) Names 4Al- Qurein Club (KUW)9ManyazomJanob (IRI) The 24th Men’s Handball World Championship is fast approaching. After the first successful test event, the IHF Super Globe in September, the next major step towards the global championship is set for 29 November to 8 December when Qatar hosts the Asian Club League.“We can be sure that after the success of the IHF Super Globe event earlier this year in September and the activation of the Qatar Handball Association Complex the Asian Club League Championship in Doha also will leave positive impressions on the teams, the fans and the officials and will be a great start for the main event in January,” saidMr. Ahmed Al Shaabi, President of the Qatar Handball Association and Vice President of the Qatar 2015 Organising Committee.For the third straight time, Doha will be hosting the Asian Clubs League, a qualification event for the IHF upcoming Super Globe 2015. In 2012 and 2013 two Qatar based teams –Al-Rayyan (2012) and El-Jaish (2013)– stood atop the winners’ podium at the Asian Club League. Even the record winner of the competition comes from Doha as Al-Sadd won the event five times between 2000 to 2005. Overall, Qatari teams have won 13 medals in this tournament: seven gold, three silver and three bronze.The first milestone for this event was the draw, which took place in Doha on 22 October at the Qatar Handball Association Complex. The draw placed the participating teams, including three clubs from Qatar, into two preliminary round groups.After the completion of the first stage, the two best ranked teams from each group will face-off in the semi-finals while the remaining teams will continue play in the placement round.“I would like to express my gratitude to the Organising Committee for their hospitality and for providing us with these incredible facilities for the 17th Asian Handball’s Club League Championship. From the bottom of my heart I would wish them all the best for the upcoming World Championship,” said Dr. Ahmad Abu Al-Lail, Executive Director of the Asian Handball Federation.Before the draw procedures commenced, Dr. Ahmad and the President of the Qatar Handball Association Mr. Ahmed Al-Shaabisigned a partnership agreement.The draw was conducted by Dr. Ahmed and Mr. Jassim Al Theyab, Technical Manager of the Asian Handball Federation.To analyse the ongoing process in terms of preparation for the World Championship three IHF officials will be on hand during the Asian Club League to inspect the event and the arenas.Participating Clubs Draw Results Names 5.AhliSedab Club (OMA) 4.Thamen Al-Hojaj (IRI)4.ManyazomJanob (IRI) 3.Al- Salt Club (JOR)3.Al- Khalij Club (KSA) 2.Al-Gharafa Club (QAT)2.Al-Kuwait Club (KUW) 1.Lakhwiya Club (QAT)1.Al-Jaish Club (QAT) 3Al-Gharafa Club (QAT)8Al- Salt Club (JOR) GROUP (A)GROUP (B) 1Al-Jaish Club (QAT)6Al- Khalij Club (KSA) ← Previous Story Derby? Mikkel Hansen (PSG) demolish leader HBC Nantes Next Story → German Cup (2nd Round): Hannover-Burgdorf knocks out HSV Hamburg! read more

Tourist drowns in Nassau waters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – A tourist from Texas is dead after he drowned in waters off western Nassau while swimming with friends. Police say the man was snorkeling when he lost consciousness.  The group of men got his body to shore, but it was too late, the man was already dead.#MagneticMediaNews#TouristdrownsinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TouristdrownsinNassaulast_img read more

Port of Vancouvers budget 16M less than this years

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver will head into 2013 with a slimmed-down spending plan but with expectations it will rope in more revenue to plow into infrastructure projects and jobs, thanks to a decision by its Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.The port’s elected three-member Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 2013 budget of $64.01 million, down roughly 20 percent, or about $16 million, from this year’s projected budget of $80.18 million. The board approved the budget without taking advantage of the port’s allowable 1 percent increase in its property tax levy.The $16 million reduction comes entirely from the port’s capital projects plan, which is focused on building out its West Vancouver Freight Access project. The freight rail project aims to bolster the regional economy by generating thousands of jobs over several years.The capital spending cut will delay only certain pieces of the long-planned $275 million freight rail project, which remains well under construction, on time and on budget, according to port officials.The decision to put off some of the freight rail project reflects the port’s cautious approach to next year’s budget as it anticipates either flat or reduced revenue from a variety of sources, including grants and property taxes, and shipping and cargo-handling fees.last_img read more

Sheriff Gonzalez Releases Sketch Of Man Who Killed Jazmine Barnes And Video

first_img Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeSketch of the man believed to have killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in the Houston area on December 30, 2018.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released Thursday a sketch of the man who fatally shot 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on December 30 and video of the red or maroon pick-up truck he drove.The fatal shooting occurred around 6:50 a.m. on the south bound of E. Sam Houston Parkway frontage road, just south of Wallisville Road.The sketch was created based on a description provided by members of Barnes’ family.The suspected shooter is described as a thinly built white man, possibly in his 30’s or 40’s, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting.Initially, the man was described to have a beard, but the sketch shows what Gonzalez called a “five o’clock shadow.” He added it’s possible that by now the man has shaved or grown a mustache.The Sheriff also underlined the suspect has been described as a white man, but it’s also possible he is a “light skinned” Hispanic male.Gonzalez said the video shows a location that’s “in very close proximity” to where the shooting took place. He also noted one of the challenges is that the video is dark because it was recorded early in the morning.Dallas-based civil rights attorney Lee Merritt was at the media availability Gonzalez held to release the sketch and the video. He said Barnes’ family believes the shooter is “a very thin person” with “pale skin” and “blue eyes.”He added he thinks the shooting was racially motivated “in part because our nation at this moment is a highly racially charged society” and referenced FBI data that indicate there has been an increase in hate crimes in the United States.The Sheriff’s Office has established a command post in the area where the shooting took place, in the east section of Harris County. Gonzalez said the purpose of the command post is to “coordinate operations out there, more directly out in the field” and noted that additional patrols have been deployed in the area.Before Gonzalez held his media availability, LaPorsha Washington, Barnes’ mother, made a public statement saying she’s overwhelmed by the support from the local community and across the country.Washington, who was wounded in the shooting, said is hopeful that a rally planned for this weekend could result in new tips and called on the shooter to turn himself in because she knows he’s hurting over what he did and the only way he can find peace is by doing “the right thing.”The FBI and the ATF, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, are assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. Additionally, NASA helped enhance the video released Thursday.Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS, or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.You can watch the video of the truck believed to be driven by the shooter here:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more